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Titan Arum Youngster’s First Bloom Opening Soon

Titan arum closeup

A small Titan Arum surprised everyone at the Floral Showhouse several weeks ago by sending up a shoot that has become a flower bud. This Titan Arum wasn’t expected to bloom this year because the underground corm weighed only 27 lbs when it was re-potted. (Pictured above, this year’s first bloom, Morph, stood an impressive 57.5″ tall)

Titan Arums don’t typically bloom until the corm is 35 lbs. This “little guy” has grown steadily every day for the last several weeks and now stands 53.5” tall – impressive for this youngster’s first bloom.

The frilly pleated spathe is still wrapped around the purplish centre spadix on July 22, and the flower is expected to fully open early next week.

Closed Titan Arum shoot

The Floral Showhouse is open 9:30 am to 5 pm daily for visitors to see the Titan Arum and many other floral displays –orchids, cacti, succulents, annuals and tropicals.

For information call 905-356-2241 ext 2400 or follow along with the Titan Arum’s growth online: niagaraparks.com/titan

Another Titan Arum on the Way – Blooming Soon

After Morph, the veteran Titan Arum bloomer graced the Floral Showhouse on June 13th with its third smelly bloom since 2012, the other contestant in the battle of the Titans has finally decided that it is now time to show some action. It seems that the newcomer, not willing to concede the entire spotlight to the mighty Morph, was just waiting for all the blooming hoopla to blow over before springing into action. The newcomer, still unnamed, deserves credit for keeping a slow and steady, tortoise-like pace during the recent race where Morph claimed the first bloom of the year honours.

Once the newcomers flower opens and the beautiful, frilly, deep-maroon spathe unfurls fully, it is going to be quite a unique (and smelly) show. Last weekend the flower bud grew another 2 inches (5 cm) each day, elongating and showing part of the frilly spathe and spadix flower parts. It won’t be long before the flower bud fully opens. It will not be a record breaking height but the determination of the newcomer during this, its first bloom is applaudable. The Titan Arum bloom is anticipated to open in early July. Watch the Niagara Parks Facebook page for blooming details.

Also impressive in their own ways, several other Titan Arums are currently in leaf at the Floral Showhouse. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Clive, who flowered last year, as it sends up a giant, green-spotted stem about 20 feet (6 m) high to form a new leaf.

Come check out the Titan Arums at the Floral Showhouse, open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Floral Showhouse will be open extended hours when the Titan Arum flower is blooming. Come visit and celebrate this amazing and rare event; it will be a visual treat and an olfactory experience! Visitors can also offer their suggestions for a name for the newcomer Titan Arum that will be blooming soon. While at the Floral Showhouse, don’t miss the foliage and flower display of the picturesque Summer Show on during the entire month of July.

Learn more about our Titan Arums here.

One Giant Titan Takes the Lead!

Two giant Titan Arum plants at the Floral Showhouse are attracting a lot of attention. The hometown favourite, a plant called Morph, is waging an epic race against a newcomer, that is not yet named.

They have been waging this silent, epic battle of the Titans for over a month now, racing to be the first one to bloom. But Morph’s recent, sustained spurt of growth has left the unnamed rival falling behind. Morph, a veteran bloomer, has shown that enthusiasm is no match for experience. Morph’s giant flower bud has recently been growing over 3 inches (7 cm) a day, and on June 6th it stood 48 inches (120 cm) tall. Wayne Hoeschle, the Titan Arum curator, now needs to climb a ladder to measure the flower bud each morning. Even though Morph looks impressive right now, based on past records its flower bud will soon grow twice as tall before opening fully in all its smelly glory, most likely around the middle of June. The unnamed rival, currently dawdling along at less than an inch (2 cm) per day, will bloom a couple of weeks later, losing the battle.

Visitors to the Floral Showhouse can fill in a ballot and offer their suggestions for a name for the determined rival. Rarely do you get a chance to name one of the world’s tallest flowers, so hurry and submit your choice today. Incidentally, don’t pick “Mr. Stinky” since it is already the nickname for several smelly Titan Arum relatives at the Floral Showhouse.

Having bloomed twice each since 2012, when they were the first reported Titan Arums to bloom in Canada, Morph and another Titan Arum called Clive have been the superstars of the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse. Now Morph is preparing to bloom again – a third under his name in the Floral Showhouse ledger. Once the flower opens and the beautiful, frilly, deep-maroon spathe unfurls fully, it is going to be quite a spectacular (and smelly) show.

Also impressive in their own ways, several other Titan Arums are currently in leaf at the Floral Showhouse. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Clive, who flowered last year, as it sends up a giant, green-spotted stem about 20 feet (6 m) high to form a new leaf.

Come check out the Titan Arums at the Floral Showhouse, open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Floral Showhouse will be open extended hours when the Titan Arum flowers are blooming. Come visit and celebrate this amazing and rare event; it will be a visual treat and an olfactory experience!
While at the Floral Showhouse, you’ll also enjoy the beauty of the Martha Washington Geranium Show during the entire month of June.

While at the Floral Showhouse, you’ll also enjoy the beauty of the Martha Washington Geranium Show during the entire month of June.

Learn more about our Titan Arums here.